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  2. Thanks, Dan. I have successfully connected to the Bluetooth Dual XGPS160 to a MS Surface 3 under Windows 10 and ExpertGPS. Sweet! The XGPS160 has a USB connector for charging battery only. No GPS function via USB. Testing, I had 8+ satellites indoors, by window. In the satellite view I saw satellites numbered as high as 40, though can't tell which are GLONASS sats. Is there a numbering convention? I count 17 good years as ExpertGPS user. Many thanks for robust software!
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  5. Click Add and Calibrate a New Scanned Map, and select the .tif file. If the .tfw file is in the same directory as the .tif, ExpertGPS will do most of the calibration for you.
  6. That USGS site is the site I was referring to. If I download the tif version, there are four files per map - geo.tfw, geo.tif, geo.tif.prj and geo.tif.xml. Where do I save them in EGPS in order to access them with the Automatically Add USGS Topo Map command?
  7. The Automatically Add USGS Topo Map command in the latest version of ExpertGPS should allow you to download many of the historical topos. I left out the really old ones, but if you need them, you can download them through this interface:
  8. These are historic USGS 7.5 minute topo maps from the U. of New Hampshire . Some indicate they are polyconic projections. Each paper map has been scanned in four, 1700px x 2800px sections, and each section saved as a jpeg file. So they align perfectly when placed side-by-side. If I use more than one, four section map, then I remove the collars. These maps also are available for download from the USGS in several formats, including geotif and they are a single file containing the whole map, not four sections in four files. The collars would have to be removed and if more than one map needed to be used, they would have to be merged somehow. I'm not aware that EGPS can load more than one scanned map file at a time.
  9. Are they all the same size, and do they align perfectly if you simply place them side-by-side? Or does there need to be some manual intervention or image recognition to overlap them properly? Can you get them as 256x256 tiles in a web Mercator projection?
  10. I regularly need to merge several map tiles where each tile is a separate jpeg file. I then import them into EGPS as a single, scanned jpeg file. I have been using Photoshop to open the individual files and align and merge the map tiles into a single file. Does anyone have different, perhaps simpler way of doing this merging?
  11. I'm revising the help file this month. To create your route, either start connecting waypoints or drawing new ones with the Route tool, or if there are no routes in your GPX file yet, select one or more waypoints, right-click, and Add Waypoints to Route. Empty routes (and empty tracks and shapes) can cause problems with a number of different file formats, so ExpertGPS now tries to avoid creating them, and removes them when importing data.
  12. The help file describes creating a new empty route but the option is not available in 5.88. Did the dialog move somewhere?
  13. You will get higher accuracy when you record tracks and waypoints using a modern GPS receiver that uses GLONASS as well as GPS. The Satellite View in the Tracking feature in ExpertGPS will display both GPS and GLONASS satellites when connected to a Garmin GLO or other similar GPS antenna.
  14. For the purpose of improving location in canyons, under vegetation, I'm thinking that using some of the other satellite navigation services might be useful. The USA service is called GPS, the Russian service is called GLONASS. I suspect there yet more navigation services. There are also augmentation services that account for satellite position fluctuations to improve accuracy of location. WAAS is the augmentation service typically found on many receivers sold in locally. Lately there are receivers that downlink GPS and GLONASS data (these are Bluetooth receivers): Garmin GLO,, DUAL XGPS160, The question is what does it take to use the 24 additional GLONASS satellites? Is ExpertGPS ready? Putting an antenna on my head improved satellite signal reception, but I still have data lapses in rough mountainous terrain.
  15. Garmin Product Support says in an email today that their GLO receiver now connects by Bluetooth with Windows 10 devices. I asked specifically GLO with Surface 3 and Windows 10?, the answer was "Glo is compatible with Windows". I have yet to try it myself.
  16. Both programs can send waypoints, tracks, and routes to and from your computer. Additionally, ExpertGPS can send street maps, topo maps, aerial photos, and your own scanned maps to your Montana as a custom map overlay. One of the most useful features of your Garmin GPS is the ability to display ExpertGPS scanned maps, topo maps, and aerial photos, as a Custom Map on your GPS screen. You can optionally choose to include any data overlay from ExpertGPS, including any waypoints or trails you've drawn, and even overlay complex infrastructure from GIS or CAD files to refer to when you're out in the field. ExpertGPS can export any map or data set in this format. To use the feature, click Send Map to GPS on the GPS menu, set the size of the map you want to export (keep it under 10,000 x 10,000 pixels) and click Send Map. ExpertGPS will create a tiled map set that will display on your GPS, and can also be viewed in Google Earth. You need to then copy this .kmz file to the /Garmin/CustomMaps folder on your GPS receiver's microSD card. Don't put the maps directly on your GPS's GARMIN drive. Put them on the removable data card. That way, if for any reason the GPS doesn't like the custom map, you can just remove the data card to start your GPS. You should also double-click the generated .kmz file and verify that it displays correctly in Google Earth before transferring the kmz to your GPS data card. More information on the Custom Maps feature in ExpertGPS is available here:
  17. Hello, everybody, I'm new here and not a very experienced GPS navigation user. I'd just like to ask if ExpertGPS and EasyGPS would go on my Montana 680, please? Kind regards
  18. Sorry to hear about the demise of the seamless scanned topo maps, but I'm happy to know you're working on some alternatives. Thanks for all the hard work you put into this program. It's very much appreciated.
  19. The USGS took down their seamless scanned topo maps. They stopped making "classic" topo maps several years ago. I agree that their replacement "US Topo" maps are less usable for many applications. I'm working on two alternatives: 1. The Automatically Add USGS Topo Map command (Map menu, Scanned Maps sub-menu). This got a big refresh in mid-December 2016, and now allows you download every edition of the topo maps for your location. There are over 100 thousand maps available through this command. Unfortunately, I've found a few typos and broken URLs in the list of maps that ExpertGPS is using, so if you get errors, please use the automatic error reporting feature or send me an email with the location and the name and year of the map you were trying to load. 2. I'm making changes to the cartography used in the Street Map view to make it more usable for planning outdoor activities. (more emphasis on contour lines, trails, etc)
  20. Is there a way to go back to the older topo maps? These newer gold colored shaded relief topo maps are not very easy read. They are over compressed and I can see a lot of JPEG compression artifacts in the images, especially at zoom levels 16 and higher. Also a lot of the text and the topo features just don't stand out like they use to. Some of the rural roads are now a very faint thin gray line, almost indistinguishable from a regular contour line. I've been experimenting with the automatic downloadable USGS scanned topo maps as an alternative, but keep getting random image load failures. I'll keep trying. It may have something to do with my internet connection. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!
  21. Someone gave me a Magellan eXplorist XL GPS receiver that is brand new in the box but discontinued by Magellan. I would like to use it as a Marine GPS receiver (Chart). I would like to load a Marine chart onto the unit. NOAA provides free ENC electronic charts, How fo I convert these charts in a compatible format for a Magellan eXplorist XL unit?
  22. There's some code in ExpertGPS that tries to prevent mid-word matches, so if you type "can" in the Find box, it will match Canada, but not Vatican. I've tweaked it for the next release to handle your ":16:" searches better.
  23. In one of my uses of ExpertGPS. I cram 4 subfields into the the desc field by using ':' as a separator between subfields. Here is an example: 60 :16:03-06:Tunisia. The subfields are 1: distance and optional description; 2: point value; 3: expiration date; 4: flag. I sometimes want to sort for point values of waypoints. . If I enter :16: into the find field it only finds some of the waypoints, the ones with a Symbol of the Civil flag. The symbol is set by the waypoint type. The waypoints found all have a type of 1. There are 23 other waypoints with a point value of 16 in this .gpx file. Dan, would please see if this situation can be fixed. I attached the gpx file. MnPlus186.gpx
  24. GPSMapedit will let you work with your IMG file. I had a Garmin at work that the forest company loads their maps onto with the roads and job site polygons. It's on a tiny SD card, that fits inside a larger one if you want to exchange files on your computer. I needed the polygons and roads, so I retrieved them with GPSMapedit so I could put them on my Trimble GPS as shapefiles.
  25. Hi Dan, Thanks, that worked, it's a bit different than in the past, but it works fine. I appreciate the help. Thanks, Larry
  26. Most likely EasyGPS and your 72H are displaying the same locations, but in different coordinate formats. This is a common source of confusion for many. Take a look at the following information which is the standard reply in such situations. Most problems involving GPS and map coordinate mis-matches are due to choosing the incorrect coordinate format and datum at some point in the process. If you are entering GPS coordinates by hand into ExpertGPS or EasyGPS from a book or a Web page, you need to ensure that you've selected the same coordinate format and datum that the source's author used, or position errors will occur. There are four main types of coordinate formats used throughout the world today: lat/lon, UTM, US State Plane, and National Grids. Lat/lon coordinates: There are three different ways to express latitude and longitude: 1. decimal degrees. (42.12345°N, -71.23456°W) Note that there are no spaces in these coordinates. 2. degrees and minutes (42° 23.456'N, -71° 43.632'W) Marine, aviation, and geocaching coordinates are usually given in deg min.min format. Note that there is a space between the degrees (°) and the minutes (') part of the coordinates. 3. degrees, minutes, and seconds. (42° 34' 54.234"N, -71° 24' 14.234"W) Civil survey and some marine waypoints are given in this format. Note that there are three parts to each coordinate, separated by spaces, and that three symbols are used to show the degrees, minutes, and seconds (° ' "). UTM coordinates Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates are used worldwide. Unlike lat/lon, which is a spherical coordinate system based on angles, UTM, state plane, and national grid coordinates are rectangular grid systems where coordinates are expressed as Northings and Eastings from a fixed reference point. Rectangular grids make it much easier to calculate distances and to plot locations on a rectangular map. UTM coordinates look like this: 2346212N, 12343523E, 18T. The first value is the Northing. The second is the Easting. The third value (always a number between 1 and 60 followed by a single letter) is the UTM zone identifier. If your data is in UTM coordinates, it is very likely in NAD27 datum or WGS84 datum (see below). The vast majority of UTM data is expressed in meters. If you are using UTM data collected prior to 1983 by a US state entity, there's a chance that it uses US Survey Feet rather than meters as the base unit. ExpertGPS Pro provides an option for UTM coordinates in feet. US State Plane Coordinates Almost all of the data available from US state government Web sites is expressed in the US State Plane Coordinate System. US SPCS coordinates have two values, a Northing and an Easting. Some US states have only a single SPCS zone. Other states have a handful, broken down by county. You'll need to know which zone is in use, and select the correct one in ExpertGPS Pro. The ExpertGPS Web site lists the counties in every US state, and the appropriate SPCS zone to use: National Grids Outside of the United States, many countries have their own National Grid coordinate systems. Many of these use the same Northing, Easting format described above. ExpertGPS lists the national grids for each country in the Add Coordinate Format dialog. To add a coordinate format in ExpertGPS, click Preferences on the Edit menu, and click on the My Coordinate Formats tab. Click Add. The Add Coordinate Format dialog will appear. On the left is an expandable list of all of the continents, countries, and US states. As you expand the location tree, ExpertGPS will show the coordinate formats used in that region on the right side of the dialog. Drill-down in the location side as far as you need to go to see the coordinate format for your location. Select the coordinate format, and then choose the appropriate datum from the list below. In the United States, you have two main datum choices: NAD27, and NAD83/WGS84. NAD27 was used from 1927 up until 1983, when it was replaced by NAD83 and WGS84. You can consider NAD83 and WGS84 to be identical in the 50 United States. For other areas of the world, ExpertGPS will display the datums used in that region. Select the correct datum from the list. You can add many different coordinate formats to ExpertGPS, and switch between them at any time to enter data or convert data to another format. ExpertGPS Pro users should keep in mind that the currently-active coordinate format is used whenever you import and export data. For more information on datums and coordinate formats in ExpertGPS, visit these Web pages:
  27. I now have loaded both of the above files files into GE for the third time and now they BOTH display the Heart Rate data as they should . SO.......without knowing what or how, ....I must have screwed up previously. Sorry for any confusion.. Later.....No, I was correct the first time, I just sent two files to you at Support for comparison.
  28. while copying my gps coordinates to easy gps the numbers on the program show different numbers but if i reload them to my 72h they show correctly on my gps.How can I get the correct readings on the program?
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